Wilson Ramos waited 38 days for a chance to get back with the Nationals.
The catcher had a double, a walk and a sac fly that drove in the winning run in a 3-2 Nationals win over the Dodgers, which gave Washington a series victory. The double came on the first pitch he saw from Dodgers starter Dan Haren.
I think the Nationals are glad he is back as well.
"I am excited to be back with the team," Ramos told MASN's Dan Kolko. "I know I can help the team a lot. That is what I want to do. I want to help the team a lot as much as I can. I was excited for this day today. I am glad to be back with the team and hopefully I will help the team for the rest of the season."
Ramos said he swung at the first pitch from Haren because it was right where he wanted it to be.
"I see the pitch in the zone and I make a good swing and this happened," Ramos said on MASN. "I am here. I am ready. Every time I go to home plate, I will swing at everything they throw me in the zone."
Ramos has gone through a lot of injuries the past few seasons. He talked about how he wanted this season to be different and then he was injured with a broken left hand on opening day. But through rehab over the past month, he did not let the experience of an unlucky string of injuries get him depressed.
"I never put my head down," Ramos said. "All my family and fans support me all the time. I am happy for that. I am working all the time to be back in the field. That is what I did. I am working every day to get better."
Stephen Strasburg went 7 1/3 innings and allowed seven hits and two runs, walked two and struck out six six, tossing 114 pitches, earning his third win of the season. Ramos said Strasburg's fastball command helped him get through a rough first inning where he allowed both Dodgers runs and four of his seven hits.
"That was the key today, the fastball worked good," Ramos said. "Down in the zone, the first inning was a little bit of a struggle, but the next six innings (the fastball) was the key."
Update: The Nats optioned first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore to Triple-A Syracuse after the game, clearing a roster spot for right-hander Doug Fister to start Friday.
The 27-year-old Moore is 6-for-30 (.200) with a double, two home runs, three RBIs and three walks in 18 games for Washington this season.